Narrative Art

“Narrative” painting is an art jargon term for art that tells or is meant to tell a story outside of the object itself. It isn’t specific to a style, which can be rigidly realistic, or thoroughly abstract. Narratives might be folk stories and archetypes, mundane or intensely personal experiences.
Narrative is distinguished from other ‘purposes’ of art, such as ‘decorative’ (little content is provided outside of the merits of beauty and tastefulness), ‘non-objective,’ which is intended to be only paint without any reference to meaning or representation, or ‘expressionist,’ which is intended to convey or record the artist’s emotional response to the subject.